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A MUM accused of neglecting her two-year-old son has told a jury she was exhausted from looking after him when she fell asleep the night before he drank from a bottle of toxic plant food.
Lauren Booth, 24, broke down in tears several times as she gave evidence yesterday about the care of her son Aaron and the circumstances surrounding his death in November 2010.
Aaron, who was born premature and deaf, suffered fatal internal injuries after drinking from the bottle of pH Up, a substance which can be used in growing cannabis.
WORRIED RSPCA officials have launched an urgent inquiry into cat poisoning in Huddersfield.
Three pets have died in the past seven days – and vets believe they have died of antifreeze poisoning.
They do not know if the incidents are an accident, with the animals licking up spilled fluid, or deliberate.
But there are fears that any spilled antifreeze would have been washed away in recent heavy rain, which could mean someone has set out to poison the cats.
FIVE men including a Huddersfield soldier appeared in court yesterday after an alleged affray at an anti-racism event in Leeds.
And seven youths, including five from Huddersfield, also appeared on the same charge of affray following the disturbance at a “Rage Against Racism” concert near popular music venue Joseph’s Well, in June last year.
During the concert – which attracted an audience of 150 – there were chants by a group claiming to be English Defence League members who tried to get into the gig.
FOR every parent, watching their child walk for the first time is a memorable moment.
But for Laura and Paul Field, of Dalton, every step taken by their 16-month-old son has brought them both joy and heartache.
Oliver Field was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a rare form of cancer, when he was just eight months old. He has since has undergone chemotherapy, radiotherapy and surgery.
WORKERS could be forced out of their jobs as a cuts programme enters its second year.
Kirklees Council this week agreed its budget for 2012/13 – which included continuing the Innovations and Efficiencies Programme.
The cost-cutting exercise is expected to cost 2,000 jobs as officials struggle to cope with the public spending squeeze.
Some 1,000 positions have gone in the first year of the programme.